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Celebrating my 29th birthday on Stewart Island

Celebrating my 29th birthday on Stewart Island

December 18th 2015. I wake up this morning with another year in my bloody face. The dreaded 29 years. Before leaving for New Zealand, I was bragging here and there that this year I would celebrate my birthday on the beach because it would be summer, that I would go to the movies to see the last Star Wars and that I would have a funky barbecue.

Dunedin & Portobello

Dunedin & Portobello

Dunedin est une ville à part en Nouvelle Zélande. Une ville étudiante avec une grosse université et un héritage écossais. D’Oamaru à Dunedin, je serais prise en stop par une jeune enseignante de Timaru, en route pour Dunedin pour y passer le week end avec une amie. Dans sa voiture, pour mon plus grand plaisir (et étonnement aussi), elle écoute les Spice Girls. Elle m’explique qu’elle a retrouvé le CD y’a pas longtemps.
Arrivées à Dunedin, elle me dépose devant mon backpacker, que j’ai aussi choisi pour son nom : Hogwartz.

OAMARU, THE PENGUINS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND & ME

OAMARU, THE PENGUINS, ALICE IN WONDERLAND & ME

After my big 4 days journey of crossing the South Island from Motueka to Oamaru by hitchhiking and by train, I finally arrived in Oamaru in time for the Victorian Heritage Festival, a 5 days festival which is this year placed under the sign of Alice in Wonderland! Oamaru is a beautiful coastal town in the south of New Zealand’s South Island, in the Otago region. I’m very curious about this town because it’s well known for its Victorian Heritage, its Steampunk museum, its nice climate and weather, but also because it’s possible to see some penguins in their natural habitat!

NAPIER PRISON BLUES

NAPIER PRISON BLUES

Hence I moved in prison cell number 17, into the oldest prison of New Zealand: Napier Prison. I even heard it’s a haunted one. Even the Ghost Hunters show came here. My cell is most probably the tiniest of the facility, but that’s for the best. So I won’t be afraid that a ghost sneaks in. Basil the cat is a sneaky bastard, opening creaking doors that make you flinch like crazy.